[gmpi] Re: Topic 1: Audience for and users of plugins
- From: Bill Gardner <billg@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
- To: gmpi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Tue, 18 Feb 2003 12:24:10 -0500
I took a quick stab at summarizing the proposed audience, in terms of
1) Native DAW (Windows, Mac, LINUX)
a) audio and music-data
b) filters, sources, sinks
c) realtime, offline, non-linear editing
e) other media types?
2) DAW + DSP (e.g., UAD-1, PowerCore, ProTools TDM)
3) External DSP box (e.g., Plugzilla, Chameleon, firewire I/O boxes with DSPs)
4) Gaming consoles
5) Handheld devices
I think we're all agreed on 1, with debate continuing on whether to
consider drivers and other media types besides audio and music data, and
many, many other issues.
I think 2 is worthy of consideration. GMPI could be used to encapsulate
both native and DSP implementations of the same plug. It would require some
flexibility regarding packaging of the executable (the DSP version would
need to grab the DSP code from the plug), plus support for integer sample
and parameter data formats. Seems like most issues will be substantially
the same with native versus DSP implementation.
I threw in 3 at the last minute. Not sure if it needs its own category.
Plugzilla probably falls under 1, since it is really a native VST
implementation. Do we need a new category for external DSP boxes and are we
interested in addressing this architectural audience?
Regarding 4, I'll defer to others. Do we have representation/interest from
the gaming console community? If not we should skip it.
Regarding 5, I'd advise strongly against it. The embedded world is
profoundly different from the desktop/laptop world. I don't see real
convergence anytime soon.
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